Pandemic response planning

 

At this point, you have probably seen and heard quite a bit about the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now reported travel-associated cases of the Zika virus in more than 20 U.S. states. Even so, is it really something with which to concern yourself?

In today’s global environment, having a high traffic, public-facing business like a credit union branch can bring global problems to your door faster than you think. So whether it is Zika or the next virus we will inevitably need to confront, having a pandemic response plan in place that benefits both your credit union and your members is vitally important.

It’s About More Than Just Pandemics
Often times, the resistance to creating a pandemic response plan is the feeling that there is an unlikely possibility that the plan will ever need to be enacted. But in actuality, a strong response plan can be utilized every year. The National Institutes of Health reports that nearly 111 million workdays are lost each year due to the flu alone, costing businesses roughly $7 billion in lost productivity. Every year. Just think about how many sick days your employees have already used in January and February.

 

Pandemic response planning – CU